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Sir: As the solicitor to whom a very limited legal aid certificate has been granted to investigate the cause of the baby Danielle Bowler's illness, I view with some amazement the claim of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons that the grant of legal aid in such circumstances is pandering to "junk science" ("Plea to Irvine over legal aid for breast implant woman", 19 January).

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The words `can you move a little closer, I'm rather short sighted' do not sit kindly on a plastic surgeon's lips. After a succession of `smile!', `grimace!', `smile!' he excused himself, and I sat up on the bed scanning the room for instruments of torture

Drug baron's plastic surgeon found dead

The lesson is: if you perform clandestine plastic surgery on Mexico's most-wanted druglord to help him elude police, you'd better get it right.

Key to tomorrow's youthful look

Today's science fiction is tomorrow's cosmetic surgery. The suggestion that face transplants could become a reality raises the prospect of the ageing rich raiding the cadavers of beautiful 20-year-old accident victims for a new, young look.

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The feminist guide to cosmetic surgery

Anything that makes you feel good is beneficial to the cause of women the world over

I was so ugly ...

Diane Coyle was born with a facial growth. Why did she wait so long before having the cosmetic surgery that changed her life?

Cutting edge

The ugly business of plastic surgery is getting the treatment from Joanna Briscoe, post-feminist designer dyke babe novelist of the moment.

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